Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Carville to Serve as UNO's Fall Commencement Speaker

Political strategist James Carville will serve as principal speaker at University of New Orleans fall commencement. Political strategist James Carville, who together with his wife, political strategist Mary Matalin, spoke at UNO during the University's Week of Excellence in 2012, will speak at the University's fall commencement 2014.

Political strategist and commentator James Carville will serve as the principal speaker at the University of New Orleans' fall 2014 commencement, which will be held Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena.

"James Carville has an international reputation for his political acumen and singular communication style, as well as his deep devotion to New Orleans and Louisiana," said President Peter J. Fos. "We are honored that he will participate in fall commencement; it will be a real treat for our graduates."

Carville, a native of Carville, La., was the lead strategist for President Bill Clinton's successful 1992 campaign, and was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants.

The next year, Carville married Republican strategist Mary Matalin who worked on the campaign of incumbent George H.W. Bush. Their cross-aisle marriage has resulted in more than two decades of political commentary on every major television network and news organization, informing Americans across the political spectrum. Their books All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President and Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home were national bestsellers. In 2008, they moved from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans.

Carville has provided consultation to campaigns in more than 20 countries and teaches political science at Tulane University. Often referred to as the "Ragin' Cajun" for his animated and colorful debating style and his Louisiana roots, Carville began managing political campaigns in 1982. Before entering politics, he worked as a litigator at a Baton Rouge law firm, was a U.S. Marine, and taught high school. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University.

In 2012, Carville and Matalin participated in "Post 2012 Presidential Election: A Living Room Chat," a discussion held at UNO as part of the University's Week of Excellence, which culminated in the formal installation of UNO President Peter J. Fos.


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